By Mackenzie Dahlberg
The Heritage Festival on June 12 and 13 offers many activities that everyone can enjoy and even learn about at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.
“We’re trying to bring more practical and interpretive stuff this year,” said Jim Griffin, director and curator of the museum at 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. “So we have more people in the historic buildings who are going to be able to tell you the history of the building. For practice, we have our telegraph line in operation this year. In fact, we never had it during the festival heritage; we usually do this for school visits. But we will run it in our depot, so people can come in and learn how to be a telegrapher.
Along with the operation of the telegraph line, the festival will feature a special exhibition featuring the 1996 Olympic torch.
“The gentleman who does our interpretation for the Pony Express, he did the Pony Express ride for the 1996 Olympics when they were in Atlanta,” Griffin said. “He’s going to have the torch that was used on the run here. So I think people will find it fun to come watch. It’s completely different from previous torches because they had to design it so guys could ride horses with it.
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On Saturday, June 12, there will be corn shelling, corn scrum for the kids, and old-fashioned kids games all day. An old-time church service will be held at 11:30 p.m., followed by a tractor parade at 2 p.m.
Music will be played throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m.
“We have several things that happen every year, including our agricultural expo,” Griffin said. “Lots of vintage tractors here, which is also our tractor parade and our tractor rodeo. Sundays is when our tractor rodeo is, and it’s a fun time to watch the guys do things with the old antique tractors, whether balancing them on a beam or various obstacle courses.
The Tractor Rodeo will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. The Lonestar Church service will also be held that day at 12:30 p.m. Sunday events will be from noon to 4 p.m.
The museum was unable to hold a festival in 2020 due to COVID-19.
“I think people are ready to come out,” Griffin said. “The events we were able to run last year, like our Christmas village and things like that, were beyond normal attendance. I think the same kind of footfall will happen this year when people go out, start doing things again.
During the festival, people will be able to see a working blacksmith, as well as ladies spinning and weaving. Rope-making is among the hands-on activities people can try or watch, Griffin said.
Food Vendors, Model Train Show, Tractor Show, Stationary Hay Baling, Flatlanders Car Club Exhibit, Interactive Skippy’s Kids Goat Experiences, Children’s Train, Historical Demonstrations and Interpreters of historic buildings will be available at all times during the festival.
“We will also be handing out photos of Brown-Harano all weekend long,” Griffin said. “So if you’ve had your picture taken at Brown-Harano Photo Studio in the past and you want to come in and get the negatives with all your family evidence, you can just come to the festival and we’ll have a booth set up for do it for you.